National Newswatch

NAFTA: Talks continue through weekend in scramble to get a deal soon

Apr 20 2018 — — NAFTA negotiating teams will keep bargaining through the weekend in an effort to get a deal by early May. The political ministers leading the process are currently leaving Washington, but will be back next week. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland calls it a perpetual negotiating round. She says the talks continue to focus primarily on […]

U.S. ambassador delivers speech that shies away from ongoing NAFTA talks

Apr 17 2018 — — The U.S. ambassador to Canada delivered a cautious speech in Montreal on Tuesday that was devoid of any real substance regarding the important issues facing the two countries. Kelly Craft spoke of the “shared sensibilities” and “true friendship” between the two nations but offered little on the ongoing renegotiation of NAFTA. “A renovation of NAFTA […]

Canadian Opposition to Nafta’s Chapter 11 Gives Trudeau Leeway

Apr 17 2018 — Greg Quinn — Canadians urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to concede on a U.S. demand in Nafta negotiations around investor disputes, while holding firm on calls for more environmental and labor protection. The most frequent advice the government heard in public consultations before North American Free Trade Agreement talks opened in August was to eliminate Chapter 11, the […]

Mexico: 80 per cent chance of new NAFTA deal announced within a month

Apr 9 2018 — — There’s an 80 per cent chance of a new NAFTA agreement in principle within a month. That’s according to the Mexican minister leading the file. Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo tells the Mexican network Televisa that he believes a deal is probable soon. He says it won’t happen within days, nor — as some had […]

Chinese ambassador calls for Canada’s cooperation in U.S. trade fight

Apr 7 2018 — — China’s ambassador to Canada says he hopes Canada will side with his country as “strong defenders of free trade” in the escalating trade battle between his country and the United States. “China hopes that Canada will hold the justice, stand at the right side of history and work with China to safeguard the multilateral trading […]

Next round of NAFTA talks on hold in lieu of ministerial meeting

Apr 5 2018 — Katie Simpson — The next formal round of NAFTA talks has been put on hold, in lieu of a series of high-level political meetings in Washington. The U.S. side had been expected to host the eighth round of trade talks as early as this Sunday, in Washington, but a source with direct knowledge of the situation told CBC […]

World trading order facing biggest threats since Second World War: Freeland

Apr 4 2018 — — With the winds of a potential China-U.S. trade war gaining strength, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the global trading order that Canada helped create faces its greatest threat since the Second World War. Freeland is offering the dire assessment during a panel discussion in Winnipeg today. Freeland says she will be in Washington on […]

Ratification of CPTPP trade deal up in the air

Apr 4 2018 — Alex Binkley — Almost a month has passed since Canada ratified the CPTPP trade deal and there’s no sign yet that the government is ready to introduce implementing legislation to approve Canada’s participation in the Pacific trade pact. A spokesman for Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said, “There is no time line yet on when we will move forward.” […]

Canadian producers fear U.S. will flood market following Chinese tariffs

Apr 3 2018 — — Canadian fruit growers fear that U.S. produce destined for China may be diverted closer to home and flood their market following the imposition of new tariffs. Ontario Apple Growers general manager Kelly Ciceran says the 15 per cent tariff on fruit such as apples, cherries, peaches, raspberries and cranberries will likely lead to more U.S. […]

Trade Deals Take Years. Trump Wants to Remake Them in Months.

Mar 29 2018 — — Trade pacts typically require years of detailed negotiations. The North American Free Trade Agreement needed two years. Creation of the World Trade Organization took eight. The Trump administration wants to remake global trade in a matter of months. To secure agreements quickly, th